It’s been a long wait for Gleeks, but Glee is finally back tonight for its final batch of 13 episodes. The two-part premiere, airing at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, is a homecoming in many ways: Rachel (Lea Michele) returns to Lima and decides to reboot the glee club at McKinley with the help of Kurt (Chris Colfer).
Without spoiling too much, here are 10 things to look for in tonight’s fun, nostalgia-rich premiere.
1. Someone in Lima in diagnosed with Ebola.
2. Major Klaine drama. Let’s just say that it all involves a return to Lima’s only gay bar, Scandals, and the reappearance of Karofsky (Max Adler).
3. Lots of new gigs for familiar faces. Rachel, fresh of the massive failure of her sitcom That’s So Rachel, is basically the new Mr. Schue. The old Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) is now coaching Vocal Adrenaline, and Blaine has returned to Dalton and The Warblers. Thankfully, that piped blazer still fits. Oh, and Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) is a barista.
4. We meet Will’s baby boy, who’s a ginger like Emma (Jayma Mays)!
5. Great musical numbers, including “Let It Go” from Frozen, “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors, “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrissette, and “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The highlights, at least for me, are the New Directions doing “Take on Me” and the Unholy Trinity—Santana (Naya Rivera), Brittany (Heather Morris) and Quinn (Dianna Agron)—doing a football field-set cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem.”
6. McKinley now has a Tea Party Patriot Club.
7. Blaine experiments with no hair product, and the results are… not great.
8. The return of Sue (Jane Lynch) proteges Kitty (Becca Tobin) and Becky (Lauren Potter)!
9. Several new characters are introduced including Dalton’s first female student, Jane (Samantha Marie Ware); Cheerios twins Mason (Billy Lewis, Jr.) and Madison (Laura Dreyfus); “post-modern gay teen” Spencer (Marshall Williams); and the quiet but soulful Roderick (Noah Guthrie).
10. Sue’s sexual history with Michael Bolton, the father of her daughter, is once again addressed.